Grumpy's Grill

Best Asian Food

GMG Chinese Bistro

10370 N La Cañada Dr #190

(520) 797-8383

www.gmgchinesebistro

tucson.com

Located in Oro Valley, GMG Chinese Bistro is a hot spot in the community providing quality Chinese cuisine. A variety of lunch specials are served daily until 3 p.m., continuing with full dinner service.

 

Second Place: 

Golden Dragon

Third Place: Mr. An’s Teppan Steak, Sushi & Seafood

 

Best Bakery

Village Bakehouse

7882 N. Oracle Road

(520) 531-0977

www.villagebakehouse.com

Village Bakehouse offers a variety of artisan breads baked fresh daily. Village Bakehouse specializes in one-of-a-kind wedding cakes and made-to-order cookies and cakes for all occasions. In addition to a large assortment of made-from-scratch pastries, muffins, pies and specialty treats, a friendly staff can suggest alternatives, including healthy, transfat free, vegan, low sugar, flourless or even eggless selections.

 

Second Place: Beyond Bread

Third Place: Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro

 

Best Barbecue

Bubb’s Grub

16010 N. Oracle Road

(520) 825-6510

www.bubbsgrub.com

There’s not a lot of room to fool around when it comes to good barbecue. You either have what it takes or you don’t. At Bubb’s Grub they let you know right away that you are dealing with the real thing. When you sit down for their beef brisket or pulled pork, or any of their other offerings, you realize it is true. This is the real deal and a Catalina gem.

 

Second Place:

BrushFire BBQ Co.

Third Place:

Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ

 

Best Breakfast

Jerry Bob’s Family Restaurant 

10550 N. La Canada Drive #140 (multiple locations)

(520) 797-1106

Diner food at its finest. Jerry Bob’s is a well-known breakfast staple throughout the city, and the Northwest region is no exception. From steak and eggs to omelets, corn beef hash and slices of pie – Jerry Bob’s is as delicious as it is popular.

 

Second Place:

Bisbee Breakfast Club

Third Place: The Good Egg

 

Best Burger

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road

(520) 297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com

Family-oriented with a penchant for the sporting a University of Arizona décor, nobody beats Grumpy’s Burgers, as the menu says. Whether sporting a hunger for a traditional burger, patty melt or something more adventurous like peanut butter, Grumpy’s has it covered. 

Second Place: Zinburger

Third Place: In-N-Out

 

Best Catalina Restaurant

Bubb’s Grub

16010 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

(520) 825-6510

www.bubbsgrubb.com

What’s great about this Catalina restaurant is that the Catalina folks are lucky to have them, plus it gives all of us a good reason to drive north to support a local establishment and have some of the best barbeque around at the same time.

 

Second Place: Mi Tierra

Third Place:

Sunnyside Up Café

 

Best Cocktails

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road

(520) 297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com

A delicious meal is best washed down with a good drink, and Grumpy’s Grill is well aware of that culinary truth. Beverage offerings go further than sodas and milkshakes. The restaurant is well-prepared with a wide variety of beers, spirits and mixed drinks and a daily happy hour.

 

Second Place: Noble Hops

Third Place: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

 

Best Coffee House

Village Bakehouse

7882 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

(520) 531-0977

www.villagebakehouse.com

Village calls itself the all-occasion bakery, meaning that for the past 17 years they’ve been providing the Oro Valley community a place for special occasion cakes to delicious breads and pastries. Take it all home, or enjoy the café indoors and outside on the patio. They also serve delicious breakfast and lunch items.

 

Second Place: Roadrunner

Third Place: Starbucks

 

Best Date

Night Dining

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road

(520) 297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com

Grumpy’s Grill isn’t just a spot for families and sports fans, though; it also is a great place to go on a date with the significant other. A huge choice of shareable appetizers paired up with two stellar entrees is enough to set the scene for any fabulous date.

 

Second Place:

Harvest Restaurant

Third Place (tie):

The Parish, The Keg

 

Best Deli/Sandwich Shop

Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches 

11015 N. Oracle Road (multiple locations)

(520) 547-2839

www.bagginsgourmet.com

Better known as Tucson’s favorite locally owned sandwich shop since 1984, Baggin’s has been baking its bread and slicing its own meat in-house in order to continue providing customers with the highest level of product available across all nine locations.

 

Second Place: Beyond Bread

Third Place: Eegee’s

 

Best Family-Friendly Dining

Grumpy’s Grill

2960 W. Ina Road

(520) 297-5452

www.grumpysgrill.com

Kick back, get some wings or a burger and enjoy some time with the family in a relaxing and inviting environment at Grumpy’s Grill. Whether coming together to celebrate a birthday, or to watch the big game, Grumpy’s offers a great venue. 

 

Second Place:

The Views Restaurant

Third Place: Chili’s

 

Best Fine Dining

Vivace

6440 N. Campbell Ave.

(520) 795-7221

www.vivacetucson.com/menu.html

This Scordato restaurant really is about making people happy with flavorful traditional Italian dishes and other Daniel Scordato creations. There is a lunch and dinner menu, a wonderful seasonal wine list and desserts that you will say yes rather than not tonight. Our favorites on the dinner menu: penne with sausage. The lunch menu: grilled ham and fontina cheese sandwich. And remember, dessert: tiramisu.

 

Second Place: The Keg

Third Place (tie): The Views Restaurant, Bob’s Steak & Chop House

 

Best Gourmet Food Store

AJ’s Fine Foods

2805 E. Skyline Drive

(520) 232-6340

www.ajsfinefoods.com

Whether interested in procuring a fine cheese, delectable baked goods or freshly made sushi, AJ’s Fine Foods is the premier place for gourmet ingredients and high quality goods. Situated in the La Encantada Shopping Center, AJ’s is known for excellence. 

 

Second Place: Sprouts

Third Place: Trader Joe’s

 

Best Greek Food

Pappoule’s

7475 North La Cholla Blvd.

(520) 544-5551

www.pappoules.com

Pappoule means grandfather in Greek. Mike and Bea 

Cotsones invite you to visit and enjoy authentic, homemade Greek food including famous Gyros and Pita sandwiches, Mezz’as, Greek salads, desserts and traditional side dishes.

 

Second Place: It’s Greek to Me

Third Place: Opa Greek Cuisine & Fun

 

Best Indian Food

Saffron Indian Bistro

7607 N. Oracle Road #101 

(520) 742-9100

www.tucsonindianrestaurant.com

Tandori seared lamb chops. We could leave it at that and encourage you to get yourself to this wonderful Oro Valley treasure, but there are many options if lamb isn’t your thing (it should be). Keep in mind that this place has a great lunch buffet that always has tandoori chicken, and a few curry options and vegetarian offerings. There’s also a great rice pudding perfect to end the meal with before you roll back to work.

 

Second Place: Flavor of India

Third Place: Dosa Express

 

 

 

Best Italian Food

Dominick’s Real Italian

8330 N. Thornydale Road

(520) 744-2002

www.dominicksrealitalian.com

This is a mom and pop place with a New York vibe, from delicious traditional Italian offerings to New York-style pizzas. Great pasta and seafood offerings, like the shrimp scampi. Another favorite that’s great for a small crew is the 16-inch Margherita pie with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlic on a perfect thin crust.

 

Second Place (tie): Guiseppe’s, Vivace, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro

 

Best Marana Restaurant

La Olla Mexican Cafe

8553 N. Silverbell Road

(520) 579-0950

www.laollamexicancafe.com

La Olla prepares Sonoran style classics with an original twist, giving an up-scale feel without the up-scale price. Located on the Northwest side of town, just a hop, skip, and jump away from Interstate 10 and Cortaro Road. La Olla also offers catering for many different events, with personalized attention reflected in the quality of the food.

 

Second Place: Nana’s Kitchen

Third Place: Cayton’s

 

Best Mexican Food

El Molinito

3675 W. Ina Road

(520) 744-1188

www.elmolinitos.com

El Molinito has been in business in Tucson for more than three decades, serving thousands of customers at their four locations around town. El Molinito offers full catering and to-go party packs, on top of serving a full menu of authentic Sonoran Mexican cuisine.

 

Second Place: El Charro Café

Third Place: La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant

 

Best Oro Valley Restaurant

The Views Restaurant

The View Golf Club of Oro Valley

1565 E. Rancho Vistos Blvd., 

(520) 433-9977

theviewsgolfclub.com

This restaurant is perfect after a round of golf, but it’s also a great place to see one of the best views in Tucson of the Catalina Mountains and have a great late afternoon meal. Casual American fare, with an amazing chicken pot pie. The grill closes at 3 p.m., but the full-service restaurant remains open. 

 

Second Place: Harvest Restaurant

Third Place (tie): The Keg

Caffe Torino

 

Best Pizza

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro

100 W. Orange Gove Road

(520) 229-9999

Multiple locations

www.oreganos.com

This spot is always hopping, and most likely it’s a popular pizza establishment because it has a bit of everything for everybody: pizza, pasta, wings, sandwiches, and if you’re a salad lover, some of the best salads around. They are great working with local Northwest schools, which puts them at the top of our list to support as often as we can.

 

Second Place: Dominick’s Real Italian

Third Place: zpizza Tap Room

  

Best Sports Bar

Native Grill & Wings 8225 N. Courtney Page Way #115

(520) 744-7200

nativegrillandwings.com

In 2014, Native New Yorkers rebranded to Native Grill & Wings, giving their brand a much needed facelift. With four locations in the Tucson region, the chain restaurant that is described as a family-friendly sports grill that offers of 20 wing flavors as well as other American dishes. Native keeps strong ties to local organizations including youth sports leagues and school partnerships.

 

Second Place: Putney’s

Third Place: Grumpy’s Grill

Best Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

6360 N. Campbell Ave.

(520) 529-5017

This Foothills restaurant really does make steak a priority with a great wine selection to go with each hand-cut steak. Steak kinda your thing, not to fear: Alaska king crab legs are on the menu, lobster and some delish pork chops. There’s more, of course, as well as nice small plates menu and some great sides (truffle-parsley mashed potatoes, yes, please).

 

Second Place:

Colt’s Taste of Texas

Third Place: El Corral

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